Cold today and some heavy showers about, no runners this weekend but busy yesterday working a lot of horses ahead of what we very much hope will be a busy 10 days. A lovely little bit re the yard and our aspiring conditional jockey Crawford on BBC Scotland’s Landward programme on Friday evening, you can watch it here if you missed it, zoom forward about 14 mins. There is also a couple of pieces in the previous episode and will be more next week, thank you BBC.
Our busy time starts with Musselburgh tomorrow where we have 3 declared on runners that should be good as described. Two of them go in the first at 12.45, Andhaar (Blair Campbell) for the Bissetts and Moores Novelty (Lucy) for Sarah Irwin, 14 run. Andhaar ran a fine race here last time to be 4th and will appreciate the step back up to 3 miles, he’s on a good mark but this is a competitive race for the grade, visor back on.
Moores Novelty was forced to bypass a much easier assignment due to rain last week and is being thrown in at the deep end taking on handicappers for the first time round as fast a track as this, he is potentially very well treated but I’ll be pleasantly surprised if he is able to take advantage of that in tomorrow’s conditions, we’ve been snookered by the weather though and couldn’t really bear the idea of waiting for Ayr on Thursday and have conditions go against us again.
Then in the 2.25 we have another handicap debutant in the form of Ballynanty who runs for Judy Douglas Miller and Ken McGarrity, 9 run and Lucy rides. He should make a nice handicap hurdler in time but his opening mark looks absurd in relation to his performances over hurdles to date, detailed discussions with the handicapping team have enlightened me that it arises from the subsequent improvement of a horse behind him at Punchestown in January…. tenuous to say the least but perhaps this mark will prove to be fair though he will have to improve at least a stone on his run here a couple of weeks ago to be involved. Not sure where that will come from but we’ve taken the hood off and put on a tongue tie which might improve him a little. Tremendous racing at Haydock yesterday though much of the talk was about how big, stiff and upright the fences were – they will be modified for the next meeting but a bit tough for the horses and jockeys damaged by them yesterday. Other entries this week at Wetherby Wednesday, Ayr Thursday (loads!), Doncaster Friday & Saturday, Newcastle Saturday, Carlisle Sunday and let’s not forget the first point-to-point at Hexham on Sunday! You may have noticed I have referred to the owners that the horses are running for in this post, I hope to continue to do this as in general owners aren’t given nearly enough credit for their contribution to the sport, everyone’s enjoyment is down to their commitment so, thank you owners, here at Kinneston and everywhere else!